For the first time in its history, the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc. is hosting its Summer Shareholder Meeting online.
The three-day meeting kicked off Monday, June 1, from Alliance headquarters in San Antonio, broadcasting to a record-high number of attendees.
“The Alliance has pivoted to a new summer meeting format, and I know we’re going to have a fantastic virtual event,” said Corey Bartlett, President and CEO of Automotive Parts Headquarters and Chairman of the Alliance’s Board of Directors.
“We’ve worked together more closely than ever over the past few months, and I’m looking forward to all members continuing to help each other as we learn to grow and prosper in our new world!”
The meeting began Monday with a Cold Open skit from the Alliance’s top leaders, followed by four packed hours of general session for Alliance shareholders.
The Alliance hits the most-requested topic – COVID-19 response efforts – within the first few hours. The day also included a headquarters report, product information, and an update from the Alliance Parts Warehouse.
Channel Partners were invited to a class on Collaborative Inventory Modeling – Selling More Together led by members of the Alliance Information Technology team.
The next few days
On Tuesday, hundreds of the Alliance’s valued channel partners will join Alliance members for a joint general session to discuss current and upcoming Alliance initiatives, updates from the IT, Product, and Sales & Marketing departments, and more.
Shareholders will reconvene in the afternoon for the first-ever virtual Channel Partner Panel Discussion and final comments.
On Wednesday, shareholder owner employees will divide into several groups for three different round table discussion topics: Selling Online During COVID-19, Warehouse Operations During COVID-19, and Store Operations During COVID-19.
Each of the nine round table discussions will be hosted by an Alliance member and facilitated by a shareholder member. The round table discussions continue to be one of the most popular and appreciated aspects of the Alliance shareholder meetings.
Wednesday’s afternoon session features the Alliance’s Information Technology team and special guests.
The meeting wraps on Friday afternoon with an exclusive four-hour collaborative session for all of the Alliance’s Latin American and Caribbean shareholders.
“Watching our shareholders collaborate and share best practices during these meetings is always a highlight,” said John R. Washbish, President and CEO of the Alliance.
“I am delighted with the work my team at Alliance headquarters has put into producing an effective, creative, and high-quality meeting for our incredible shareholders and channel partners.”